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Traci Janeen Pickering

Family Attorney at San Jose, CA

5.0   15 reviews
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  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
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Traci graduated from Santa Clara University in 2000 and was admitted to the bar in December of that year. During her tenure at Santa Clara, she was the Sr. Technical Editor of the Computer Technology Law Journal and received a Certificate of Excellence in Legal Research and Writing. After graduation, Traci was recruited by a top corporate law firm. She worked at Gray Cary (now DLA Piper) from 2000 - 2002 as a securities and corporate transactional attorney. She was involved in complicated tax issues, mergers & acquisitions, and securities filings. Although Traci was recognized as one of the best in her recruitment class, she missed the personal satisfaction she had hoped to gain as a legal advocate.

In 2002, Traci moved firms and began practicing exclusively in the field of family law. After practicing in this field for almost 5 years, she founded Mello & Pickering, LLP with her colleague and close friend, Jennifer Mello. Traci loves being a family law attorney. What sets her apart from other family law attorneys is her first-hand knowledge of the issues concerning blended families. Her personal experience and the awareness of the legal challenges involved motivated Traci to continue her pursuit of family law. Traci is committed to providing excellent client service. She works hand-in-hand with her clients, informing them of their various legal options, leaving no stone unturned, as well as doing what it takes to get them the results that they deserve. Traci has exceptionally strong negotiation skills and is known to settle entire cases in a few hours. Traci is further committed to taking an ethical approach to each unique family law situation. She practices all areas of family law, including stepparent adoptions, legal separation, mediation, annulment, divorce, alimony/spousal support, child support, child custody, child visitation, domestic violence, modification of prior orders, paternity, postnuptial agreements, prenuptial agreements, and property valuation and division.

Prior to earning her J.D. from Santa Clara University, Traci received her B.A. in History with honors at San Jose State University. She is an active member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, a member of the Family Law Executive Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and is admitted to practice law in the State of California. Traci has lectured as part of the continuing legal educational process. Traci is married and has three children.

Awards

Notable Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
2016

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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Family Law Lawyer in CA
I went through a lengthy divorce process that was very difficult, and full of a lot of acrimony. I interviewed a dozen family law attorneys, and took copious notes. Traci stood out above the rest. I felt her approach to be the most honest and sincere. My experience was validated as I worked with her. As I worked with Traci, I found her communication style simply outstanding. She always kept me apprised of what was happening, and was very easy to reach. I was never in a position of not knowing what was happening. If you anticipate a lot of difficulty with your case, you want someone like Traci on your side. She did wonders to lower my anxiety. Let's face it, hiring a lawyer is expensive. And hiring a family law lawyer can quickly add up when the process is as lengthy as it was for me. Traci's billing was thorough and honest. She leverages her team to bring down the costs. I always felt that I was treated fairly. Choose Traci. You won't be disappointed.
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Posted by Carolyn | September 8, 2022
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Best Attorneys Ever!!
I hired Traci as my divorce attorney and it was the best decision ever. I specifically worked with Traci and 2 other attorneys in her firm, Jessica and Alexis, and they went above and beyond for me. Divorces are never easy, especially when opposing counsel and the soon to be ex are challening, but they all went above and beyond and got me through to the finish line. They were kind and supportive of me through the entire process and I knew they had my back every step of the way. My divorce papers are signed, sealed and delivered and it's the best feeling. There are not enough words to express my gratitude for all they did for me. They are the best and I would highly recommend them to everyone.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Great help during difficult process
I was fortunate to find Traci and retain her as a consulting attorney for my divorce. She took the time to discuss whether I wanted an attorney of record vs consulting, and guided me to the consulting route. Traci and her team were on top of what filings I needed to do, what forms I needed to fill out, and were invaluable helping me understand my obligations and rights. Traci would take the time to help me understand the implications of certain decisions I needed to make. She was also great connecting me to other attorneys I needed to work with on different aspects of my case. Overall, made a stressful process as smooth as one could hope for.
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Posted by Angelisa | April 16, 2020
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Excellent!
I spoke with a few attorneys before I found Mello & Pickering. The other attorneys sounded out of touch and cold to my situation. I called to set up a consult with Traci Pickering and immediately felt like I was talking to someone who had my boys best interest at heart. She focused on the facts and helped me feel at ease. I cannot say enough that she is the one to have in your corner! What an inspiration it is to have an extremely professional and strong woman to help you through this incredibly scary and uncertain process. If you're in need of help, she is the one to go to!
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Posted by Jim | August 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best Family Law Attorney in Santa Clara County
• Respect of her peers • Competence • Minimizes Client Fees • Highest Ethical Standards • Professional Network Traci Pickering represented me in the most challenging case of her career. The case took nearly four years to complete due to the complexity of the issues and the antics and tactics of the first opposing counsel. Over this time period, I came to know the breadth and depth of Traci’s expertise in family law, her character and how she performs under extremely adverse conditions. 1. Peer Respect: Following the recommendation in the ‘Divorce Handbook for California’ – by Judge James Stewart, a former Santa Clara family law judge, I interviewed many different law firms before selecting one for representation. Of the nine interviewed, several of those firms were not a good match for the complexities of my case but they suggested Traci Pickering of Mello & Pickering. It was readily apparent Traci had the respect of her peers and I found their respect for her to be certainly justified. She is the finest family law attorney in Santa Clara County. 2. Competence: During the initial interview process, Traci was one of only two of the attorneys I interviewed that readily grasped the complexities of this case. Throughout the nearly four years it took to complete the divorce proceedings, she repeatedly demonstrated she readily understood the law, the legal /financial implications of various situations and could thus advise on the best course of action. She was always well prepared for all the court proceedings and consultations. 3. Minimizes Client Fees: On many occasions, Traci advised me on ways to reduce or limit the amount of legal fees and billable hours I would incur. Even though Traci and her firm, Mello & Pickering, would make less money, she put the interests of the client first. Her thoughtfulness towards controlling costs and expenses was deeply appreciated. 4. Highest Ethical Standards: At least twice during my case, Traci demonstrated an extraordinary adherence to the highest ethical standards. a. In one instance, she put herself at risk of receiving sanctions from the court to counter the misbehavior of the opposing counsel. But she chose to put the interests of the integrity of the legal system and the interest of her client ahead of her own interests. I do not think most other attorneys would have done the same in that situation. b. In another instance, she chose the moral high ground in an extremely difficult situation even though such a course of action would be detrimental to her own revenue stream. She did it because it was the right thing to do. Such demonstrated adherence to the highest ethical standards provides the client comfort in knowing that Traci will always act in their best interests. She puts the client first. 5. Professional Network: For clients, the advantage of Traci’s reputation for integrity, competence and the respect of her peers is to provide access to the best forensic accounts, occupational specialists, mediators and other experts when needed during a case. The very best professionals are willing to work with Traci. This is a critical but rarely appreciated consideration when consumers are seeking representation because most consumers have not had any previous experience with the legal system and do not understand the importance of these functions in a family law case. To achieve the most favorable outcome requires a team working on behalf of the client’s interest; the family law attorney organizes and orchestrates the team. Traci has fostered the relationships to allow her to create the best team for each case. This includes the outside experts but also includes the excellent Mello & Pickering internal staff, Janelle and Franchesca. If an attorney is needed for a family law case, retain Traci Pickering. She has the expertise, the highest ethical standards, the respect of her peers and she cares deeply about her client
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best Family Law Pratcice
Ms Pickering and Ms Colon were amazing throughout my entire divorce process. They answered every question thoroughly, always explained my options and had the understanding that this was a difficult and emotional time. The support Mello & Pickering gave me the year and a half I worked with them was amazing. I will always be appreciative of Ms Pickering and Ms Colon.
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Posted by Brooke | July 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Traci and her team are wonderful. I had a few other phone interviews before Traci and nothing felt right until speaking with her. I hired her on the spot when we met and she got the ball rolling full steam ahead. My divorce was finalized in seven months start to finish. Traci is very kind and considerate but incredibly smart and strong in the courtroom. She knows how to get the job done. She was very honest with me about what things cost and if it would be in my best interest. I appreciate all that she did for me and my case. If you are looking for an attorney that is honest and trustworthy someone who can handle the most difficult of personalities with grace and a good sense of humor to make you smile in the most difficult of times; she’s your woman.
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Posted by Vasudev | October 30, 2017
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Mello & Pickering Family Law
Traci & Emily have a natural gift for law and their depth of knowledge is unmatched. Both are passionate about their profession, very honest, caring and most importantly really capable of defending their clients interest. I was impressed with their arguments when it matters. I strongly recommend Mello & Pickering for matters regarding Family Law.
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Posted by josh | September 28, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Greatful
I was in between a couple attorneys and just wasn't sure about what I was being told or lead to believe. I was referred to Traci from a family friend. Within an hour of sitting with Traci i understood and learned more from her than anyone else. She was very honest and made me feel very comfortable and even accepting of my situation.
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Posted by Eric | April 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The best Divorce and Family Law Attorney
When it comes to family law and choosing the best representation, there is only one firm to work with – Mello & Pickering. Traci, Jennifer and their staff are experienced, knowledgeable and professional. They care about you as an individual and work diligently to provide the best outcome for your situation. I had a very complicated divorce, financial settlement and custody agreement. Tracy was there every step of the way with sound advice as she walked me through the legal process. Their intimate knowledge of the legal system, opposing counsel and the judges were critical in developing a strategy and delivering arguments that provided the best outcome. I highly recommend the firm of Mello & Pickering to everyone that approaches me with the need for counsel regarding Divorce and Family Law. They are the best in the business and I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done for my family.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2016
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Legal representation with excellence and ethics
I engaged the services of Traci for a matter, which required some professional attention. In the course of our collaboration on the matter, I got a chance to learn much about Traci’s style, skills, ethics – which I will like to share – 1/ Traci is worth the rates that she charges. It is not only because of her superior legal mind, but also how she manages her time, and consequently, your expenses. She is a modern lawyer, knowing how to use email, word, and excel to improve her productivity in business (yes, I know how weird that sounds – but law is always a little behind modern times). Going to courts can be expensive, and there is always a fine balance between "selling the farm" to get a good representation and cutting corners. Working with Traci, I never felt that I was making such choices. 2/ Traci works to help people – If you are looking for services to “get even” with someone, she is most likely not your person. While she is very empathetic, I do not think she views providing the “sympathize, and then bill” types of legal services. Traci is a doer. She is action-oriented and will seek quickest path to resolve issues. 3/ Traci is smart, and she knows math: Ultimately, all negotiations come down to numbers. Traci does not belong to the class of apologists who view illiteracy in math as something just as insignificant as a bad golf swing. In times of closing deals, it helps a lot when your legal representation can keep up with numbers (to know if the offer is valid or not), without pulling out a calculator each time. 4/ Lastly, Traci cares about doing a fantastic job. All the times I met her for a face to face meeting, I wondered what was wrong (with me), since she was more passionate/stressed about *my* matter than me. It is vital for Traci to serve with excellence, and in all my interactions, I saw nothing but her achieving her own high bars of excellence.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2016
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Excellent and thorough divorce attorney
I never saw myself hiring a divorce attorney, and I can tell you first hand there is a very wide range of quality of representation in this profession. At least 3 attorneys never called me back. Their staffs did, but only to let me know how much they would need up front. While law is a business, I found these practices treated their clients as money funnels and couldn't care less about the specifics of the case or whether or not their clients felt comfortable in their hands. Family law clients are always at their most vulnerable, so finding an attorney you can trust with your life and future is paramount. In the end Traci Pickering was recommended to me by a friend, and her behavior couldn't be more different. She not only talked to me and laid out the worst case scenario of my situation, but she also offered to come on as a consultant to save me money. In the end I needed to go to full representation and she was very conscientious about my funds, her and her staff fees, and was extremely responsive to any questions and concerns. She made certain that her actions aligned with my wishes at all times. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney. For one of the hearings I worked with her partner (Jennifer Mello) and I can absolutely recommend her as well. Due to the extreme thoroughness, professionalism, and excellence of Mello & Pickering representation I am able to move on with my life and my future is mine.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2016
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Highly recommended family laywer!
Went through a divorce and need legal representation. Traci was recommend through a friend of a friend as being a strong and effective lawyer. I felt confident with Traci and her abilities from the first consultation. She is very thorough and let me know my options and always felt I was more than adequately represented. She was always very conscious of my financial situation and never did anything unnecessarily regarding my case and was extremely efficient by using support staff when my case didn't warrant her immediate attention. Traci (and staff) are wonderful to deal with, friendly and empathetic. I retained her one more time after the divorce was final to enforce items from the MSA which were not being followed through on. The outcome of the divorce and the follow-up enforcement met all my expectations. Nobody wants to seek legal help if they can avoid it...but I would highly recommend Traci and the staff at MELLO & PICKERING, LLP for any family law issues that you may need representation for.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Traci
I highly recommend Traci. She is extremely dedicated and passionate about her cases. Traci is also ethical in her practice. She looks out for your best interest and will fight for you. I felt like she looked out for my children and me as if we were family. I cannot imagine maneuvering the legal and court system without her. The system is extremely complex and you need someone with experience and knowledge to help you get through it. I am very grateful to Traci and her staff for all the support and help they gave me.
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2013
Excellent Attorney!
Traci and her dream team are professional, articulate, immensely knowledgeable and kind. She and her team helped me obtain my divorce goals with determination, intelligence and an unparalleled knowledge of family law.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Mello & Pickering, LLP
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Moreno Family Law Firm
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Gray Cary/Dla Piper Rudnick
  • 2000 - 2002

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • San Jose State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Associations

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2010 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Meritorious Service - Sr. Technical Editor
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Computer and High Technology Law Journal
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Family Law Real Property Lien
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
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Family Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Traci for two years and I continue to be impressed with her depth of knowledge of the law and passion for her clients. She is willing to go above and beyond for her clients and successfully guides them through the difficult divorce process."
Family Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Traci is not only an aggressive advocate for her clients but also is very professional and ethical. She is a knowledgeable, experienced and well-prepared attorney. I strongly endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I strongly endorse Traci. Traci is a highly knowledgeable and skilled attorney in the family law community. I truly admire her passion for her clients and exceptional work ethic. Traci is one of the most exceptional attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of working with and knowing."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Traci Pickering for 15 years. She repeatedly amazes me with her knowledge of the law and her compassion and advocacy for her clients. She is an EXCELLENT Family Law attorney and definitely someone who you would want on your side."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Traci Pickering. I have worked with her on the opposite side of cases for over 10 years. She is highly ethical, competent, fair, aggressive and cost-conscious for her clients. She has an excellent reputation within the family law community. I'm proud to consider her a colleague."
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It comes to this: If I ever needed representation in a family law matter (Heaven Forbid!) I would want to be represented by Traci. She is smart, practical, honest, quick, and knows the law and the community. I go to her for questions about my new county all of the time. Also, Traci has a sense of humor at all the right times - much needed while clients are going through a challenging part of their lives."
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San Jose Family Lawyer Traci Janeen Pickering
Traci Janeen Pickering
Family Attorney
San Jose, CA
Licensed for 23 years
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